Finally Ardent Heart is ready to be published! This has been a labour-of-love long in the making, a true team effort that could not have happened without the following talents:
Ming Ng, who handled the cinematography and editing. Check out more of his work here.
Bethany Levy, who handled design and visual effects. To see more of her work, have a look at her website.
Dudu Capoeira, a talented Capoeira musician and teacher who supplied the music. You can buy his music via his website, or on iTunes. Check out his website!
Inspiration came from this awesome ballet clip, which got me thinking of doing something similar but with martial arts instead of dance. I initially wanted to do all four elements, each channeled through different martial arts – Capoeira for Fire, Jiu-Jitsu (grappling) for Earth and so on – but decided to record this first and see how it was received. So if you want to see more videos then share this with your friends and let us know what you think!
This has been the most prestigious video I’ve done so far and proved to be quite the learning experience. Capoeira is a very special martial art with its own rogue-ish character, so to illustrate this I wrote a short story to illustrate the mindset of the Capoeirista depicted in this video. This lead to a storyboard, which in turn lead to a list of required props and so on. The voice-over and singing all relate to Capoeira.
I also had to spend serious time getting into proper shape and dusting off the old Capoeira skills, as it had been a few years since I was actively practising the kicks and acrobatic tricks. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I could still pull off most my old moves! Perhaps not as perky as they were before my knee injury (check out the Acrobatics montage) but not too shabby, all things considered.
Apart from the physical training there were also considerable efforts to scout locations, organise shoots, sort out props, sound effects, not to mention recording take after take… Let’s just say that I have a deepened respect for movie makers. It has also been a true team effort; without any one of the people involved, we could not have made it happen.
The first recruit was Ming Ng, who I’ve worked with in the past and was thrilled to get him on board. Bethany Levy used to train at my Kung Fu school and when I saw her graphics design work I couldn’t help but pitch this idea to her. Once we started editing the footage, we quickly realised that we needed high quality Capoeira music (the creative commons we had originally intended were not up to scratch). On Ming’s recommendation we reached out to Dudu Capoeira for permission to use his music, and thankfully he was gracious enough to allow it.
So now, finally, after months of training, recording and editing, I sincerely hope you enjoy this video. If you want to see the next element video then Like, Share, Tweet, Pin and Comment!